As they finalized Todd Herremans' contract extension (see story), the Eagles were closing in on a similar deal to lock up two-time Pro Bowl defensive end Trent Cole for three more years. The story was first reported by CSNs Derrick Gunn.
Cole and DeMarcus Ware of the Cowboys are the only NFL players with at least eight sacks in each of the last six years.
A league source said Tuesday night the Cole deal wasnt done but was very close and could be announced by the Eagles as soon as Wednesday.
Cole, like Herremans, is a mid-round product of the 2005 draft. And like Herremans, he signed a seven-year contract extension through 2013 on March 15, 2007. The similarities continue with the new extension, which will give Cole a big signing bonus, add three years onto the end of the deal and significantly increase Coles average annual salary without making much of an impact on the Eagles 2012 salary cap.
Cole ranks third in Eagles history with 68 sacks, trailing only the peerless Reggie White (124) and Clyde Simmons (76). Since he entered the NFL in 2005, Cole has had four double-digit sack seasons. Only Jared Allen, DeMarcus Ware and Julius Peppers have had more, Allen and Ware with six and Peppers with five. Only Allen, Cole and Ware have reached double figures in each of the last three seasons.
Coles 68 career sacks are sixth-most in the NFL since he entered the league in 2005, behind only Ware (99.5), Allen (96), Peppers (70), Robert Mathis (69.5) and John Abraham (69).
Cole went to the Pro Bowl after the 2007 and 2009 seasons. Despite struggling with a serious calf injury much of last season, he recorded 11 sacks in 14 games.
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